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Don't Misuse Eminent Domain
by Knight Allen, Director of Legislation
Originally published on July 11, 2013 - reprinted with permission

    What follows is a letter I sent to Mayor Carolyn Goodman and the Las Vegas City Council in response to the decision of the North Las Vegas City Council to use eminent domain for the profit of San Francisco based Mortgage Resolution Partners (MRP). Subject: Eminent Domain - Nevada Constitution ART.1 Sec.22

    I sincerely hope the elected officials of my own community have a deeper level of intellectual capacity, wisdom and respect for the Constitution than that just exhibited by your counterparts in North Las Vegas.

    You may remember I broached this subject to you back in September. You were kind to me, allowing me to make my full presentation, even interacting with me a bit which was much appreciated. When all was said and done it was clear you felt that with ART.1 Sec.22 in the Constitution there was no need to reaffirm the policy of the Council to never use eminent domain in a private party to private party action. That was your decision and while I was disappointed I had no serious problems with it. However, now along comes MRP with a classic “wink, wink, nod, nod.” dismissive wave of the hand at the Constitution and the NLV Council falls all over itself to go along. Just shameful. The action of the NLV Council proves, once again, the Constitution is nothing more than pieces of paper if the elected officials don’t care about it, cherish it and passionately defend it in both letter and spirit. Without that commitment from you the priceless contract between the People and their Government becomes absolutely worthless.

    With that in mind, I ask that you proclaim publicly and on the record that it is the position of the Mayor and Council of the City of Las Vegas that under ART.1 Sec.22 of the Nevada Constitution you will not use the power of eminent domain in any way that will facilitate the transfer of property from one private party for the profit of another private party.


Thank you for your time and consideration.

Respectfully submitted, (Signature of Knight)

    Now, on a much less serious note: Vern is the keeper of the odd facts and interesting bits of American History and he does a great job of informing us every month. This month I came across one you might like. The year was 1864. The place: Jersey City, New Jersey. A young man falls off a platform into the path of an oncoming train. A man jumps onto the track and pulls the young man to safety. A nice courageous act you say but what’s it got to do with history? The young man was Robert Todd Lincoln. The man who rescued the President’s son? Edwin Booth.

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